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Thank you for your inspiring talks, Dr. Latoschik and Dr. Bowman!

Dr. Bowman's talk

Dr. Bowman’s talk

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Prof. Dr. Latoschik’s talk

We had a great time with our guests Prof. Dr. Marc Erich Latoschik and Associate Prof. Dr. Nicholas Bowman and hope they too did enjoy their visit in Chemnitz. Their talks were well attended from both students and colleagues from other departments, so we will continue to invite researchers to share their thoughts and work. Besides social activities in small groups, the workshops offered yet another chance to discuss research within the complete group of CrossWorld members. The exhange of new ideas already resulted in the beginning of new research collaborations which we are very much looking forward to!

You can download the slides from Dr. Bowmans talk here (PDF, 1,5 Mbyte).

 

New book available: Spatial Mapping in virtuellen Umgebungen

thesis-coverThe dissertation thesis from Dr. Daniel Pietschmann has been published by Springer in their new psychology research line. The book is written in German and constitues a revised version of the original thesis, concentrating on the theory and implications of spatial information and its use in virtual environments for entertainment or learning purposes.

The book also features an extensive review of cognitive UX concepts and studies on stereoscopy and natural mapping and is aimed at scholars in the fields of psychology, communication studies and human computer interaction as well as designers of virtual environments. It is available as softcover print or eBook via SpringerLink (and thus it’s free for many universities), Amazon and other retailers.

 

CrossWorlds Conference 2014

We are very happy to announce our first CrossWorlds conference! We are inviting researchers from various disciplines to Chemnitz for two days of interdisciplinary discussion of social technology.

The online registration for our conference will start soon! We would be glad if you take the chance to visit Chemnitz and discuss with us!

The conference will take place in project house METEOR on monday 30th of june and tuesday 1st of july.  Our program committee is currently curating a program of the submissions from various disciplines. We can already announce our keynote and invited talk speakers:

 

rammertProf. Dr. Werner Rammert,
Werner Rammert is one of Europe’s leading sociologist of technology, most known for his model of distributed agency in socio-technical constellations. He is a full professor at TU Berlin. (Publications)

 

Nicole KrämerProf. Dr. Nicole Krämer,

Nicole Krämer is full professor for social psychology at the University Duisburg-Essen. Her research interests are social aspects of virtual environments with a special emphasis on virtual agents. (Publications)

 

de meloCelso de Melo, PhD.,

Celso de Melo is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on virtual agents expressing emotions and the impact on social interaction. (Publications)

 

HorneckerProf. Dr. Eva Hornecker,

Eva Hornecker is a full professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Her research interests are the design and user experience of ‘beyond the desktop’ interaction with a special interest in interactive museum installations. (Publications)

 

Betty MohlerBetty Mohler, PhD.,

Betty Mohler is the project leader of the group “Perception and Action in Virtual Environments” (PAVE) at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. Her group focuses on understanding various aspects of human behavior, perception and cognition using ecologically valid and immersive virtual environments. (Publications)

 

3rd International Symposium on Facial Analysis and Animation

The 3rd International Symposium on Facial Analysis and Animation (FAA) was held on September 21 at the Museum of Young Arts in Vienna. According to the organizing committee the FAA is the only international conference that solely focusses on the analysis of animation of faces. The field of participants ranged from social scientists who analyzed the perception of different animation techniques to companies that presented their newest tracking algorithms. Therefore the talks as well as the poster presentations gave a good overview of this very interesting field of research with multiple relations both to professional applications (e.g. entertainment industry) and interdisciplinary research.

One of the currently investigated research topics is performance driven animation, i.e. facial animation controlled by facial movements of human actors. Despite the fact that the state of development of the presented animations seems intriguingly spohisticated the research community aims at even more robust methods for both tracking and animating for professional applications. Another interesting topic are facial analysis and animation tools with live support that do not require professional 3D-tracking hardware but rely on consumer hardware like simple webcams (Image Metrics Live Driver) or the Microsoft Kinect (Face Shift) instead.

At the conference CrossWorlds made some interesting contacts to both professionals and researchers resulting in research collaborations with Image Metrics and intense information exchange with researchers from different backgrounds.